Manorlu Swim Club

June 16, 2015 Newsletter

It's Official ~ Manorlu is Open with Regular Operating Hours!

Special Welcome to Our New Manorlu Families!

The Manorlu family is thrilled to welcome our newest members. Please extend the warmest welcome to those new faces you see at the pool. Welcome to:

Jillian and Brian Bacher

Abigail and Greg Bartus

Bonnie Bell

Karen and Don Blough

Brian and Carolyn Brady

Lauren and Patrick Brady

Chris and April Brauch

Maura and Zach Campbell

Beth and Joe Dussinger

Paulette Force

Joseph and Nicole Ferrante

Kris and Neilly Graves

Ryan and Holly Hamilton

Michael and Anne Marie Haubenstein

Seong and Hyun Hong

Raymond and Maryann Jacobucci

AJ and Katie Juliani

Heather and William King

Daniela Krausz and David Fernandez

John and Laura Held

Phil Martin and Kathy Norris

Robert and Kathryn Moore

Gregory and Kaitlin Moyer

Stacy and Manny Smith

Amy Spencer and Karissa Kelley

Reese and William Stana

Clay and Colleen Stephenson

Barbara Suplee

Welcome to Manorlu's New Snack Bar Operator!!

We couldn't be more excited to welcome Keswick Coffee House to the Manorlu family!

Keswick Coffee House is located in downtown Glenside at 250 N Keswick Avenue. Please patronize our new provider both at sunny Manorlu and while shopping in Glenside!

Questionable weather? Wondering if the pool is still open?

Well, wonder no longer! Manorlu Swim Club is again using a service call "Rained Out."

In the event that we must unexpectedly close the pool due to lots of rain, thunderstorms, or heaven forbid - an accident in the baby pool, a text alert (or and email, if you prefer) will be sent to all subscribers with a Manorlu update. For those who may be familiar - Rained Out is the same service used by the Upper Dublin Soccer Club to notify members of field closures. It's free (text messaging rates apply) and only takes two minutes to sign up using this link:

How often and what kind of messages can you expect to receive? Hopefully we will have a sunny summer and the pool will close infrequently, but here is a sample of possibilities:

  • Pool closed for weather (may seem obvious, but it can be raining in Dresher and sunny in Abington... and who wants to make the drive to find the pool closed!)
  • Reminder for Manorlu events such as the 4th of July celebration, the Adult Social, Sunday Sundaes, and more.
  • Reminder for pool closing for home swim meets

(Note for swim/dive team families: To receive notification of general pool closures and happenings, you must sign up using this link. It is a different account. It covers all Manorlu members and is different from the swim/dive team account. For non-swim/dive team families: This account will not be used to communicate general swim/dive team information.)

Please contact if you have any questions.

MegaFitness Challenge is a Mega-Success

The inaugural MegaFitness Challenge took place on the gorgeous morning of Saturday June 11th. It was a great event and we are so proud of all the competitors. Results are now posted on the website and we hope to publish a detailed summary in next week's newsletter. Thanks to all who supported, volunteered and competed ~ it was a wonderful morning!

Adult Morning Swim Workouts Begin Next Monday

Any Manorlu swimmer, 18 or older, interested in a morning swim workout is invited to attend the Manorlu Morning Swim from 6-7 am. Workouts will run Monday - Friday, beginning Monday, June 20th until Friday, July 29th. A challenging workout will be provided. Not intended for beginners.

Morning swimmers ~ please sign up for "rained out" notices with the following link:

Revival of the Manorlu Open 400 Meter Swim!

Last spring, while cleaning up the pool in preparation for the season, a board member came across an old, dusty award plaque with names on it. Apparently, many years ago, the club held an event that was open to all members called the Manorlu Open 400. Last year we revived the tradition and once again added names to the plaque! So come one, come all! Prove your swimming prowess and take on the 400 meter swim. Awards to the top finishers. Overall winner's name will be added to the plaque. All finishers will be celebrated in the newsletter and on the main bulletin board!

When: Friday July 1st

Where: Manorlu Pool

Time: 5pm

Who: All Manorlu members

Age Requirement: 5 years old and up

Participation Fee: $10 per swimmer

Manorlu's Float in the Oreland 4th of July Parade

Last year's float was such a success - we're going to do it again this year! The Marketing Committee is looking for a few volunteers to design, build and ride/drive (and throw candy!!) in the Oreland Parade. Our float doesn’t have to be fancy, big or too much work (have a cool Jeep or a pick-up truck?), but we need a little help to make it happen. If you’d like to help, contact Mike Darcy at

And After the Parade - Fourth of July FUN at Manorlu!

Come celebrate the holiday at Manorlu's Annual 4th of July Family Carnival!

Cotton candy, family games, prizes and more!

Time: 1-4pm

Secure the Babysitters! The Adult Social is on July 9th!

The adult social will be held on Saturday, July 9th starting at 6:30pm. All adults 21 and older are encouraged to attend this fun night out. Please join us for a catered dinner, music, and fun! Dinner features a grilled assortment of chicken, shrimp and scallop kabobs, and even delicious grilled corn. Cost is $30 per person. This is a BYOB and "bring a friend" event. You do not need to be a member to attend.

But, we need your help. We want to give the caterer an accurate head count, so please signup at the main desk ASAP. Checks can be made payable to Manorlu.

Group and Individual Swim Lessons at Manorlu

It's almost time for group swim lessons!

  • When: July 11th – July 22nd (M-Th) from 11:15am-12:00pm
  • Fees are $60 per child
  • Contact Carolyn Meier with questions - at the pool or via

Lessons are offered by "level." Carolyn and the lifeguard instructors will help with level assignments.

Adult and child private lessons are also available. Please contact Carolyn for more information.

Manorlu Mega-Distance Meet

On July 17th, Manorlu will host their second annual Mega-Distance Swim Meet!

This meet is open to ALL ages and LOCAL swim clubs, that's right, even parents and friends from local swim clubs! It is an invitational meet for swimmers to try different events. 8-10 and unders will swim 50 meter events, and 12 and older will swim 100 meter events. We will even include the 100M and 200M Individual Medleys.

Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age group and a trophy to the top male and female point scorers. Participation ribbons for all 8 and under swimmers. More details to follow... but mark the date and time: Sunday, July 17th - 8am.

Trivia Night is Moving to July... Mark Your Calendar and Sign Up Early!

Oh yes - Trivia Night is back and we've got two big changes. Trivia Night has made the leap from August to July... and this year's host is Upper Dublin's own teacher and Trivia Master, Mr. Shawn Mcaleer.

So get your competitive juices flowing, start studying and form your team now! MegaTrivia Night is expected to SELL OUT... so sign up early.


  • Saturday, July 23rd
  • 7-10 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
  • BYOB and BYOSnacks
  • 50/50 raffle and trivia cheats available for purchase
  • Prizes awarded for best table theme
  • This is a "bring a friend event" - no need to limit your team to Manorlu members - find your smartest friends and bring them along!
  • Look for flyers around the pool and sign up information at the main desk.

** Attention Parents - Manorlu will remain open and guarded during Trivia Night - blue and white card holders are welcome to stay and swim until 10pm. Pink cardholders must be accompanied by a WHITE cardholder. Safety is our first concern. If you need a white card babysitter, contact a Manorlu manager or lifeguard for experienced babysitter suggestions. **

Summer Pool Basketball League

Not all the fun at Manorlu happens in the water. Calling all boys and girls entering grades 6 through 8! Manorlu participates in the Summer Pool Basketball League with Maple Manor, Oreland and Sunny Willow. This is a fun, co-ed league and all interested players are welcome. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the main bulletin board. Games are played in the evenings beginning late June and run through the end of July. Game location rotates among the participating clubs. There is a $25 player fee to cover the cost of a team t-shirt and the game officials.

Can't get to the pool, but want to play? Just email and provide your child's name, grade (in September), a phone number and email address and we will be in touch!

A couple of notes:

  • Each team must have at least one girl on the court at a time. Hoping to get several girls to join us this year!
  • This is a fun league. Although we'd love to take home the trophy - more importantly we'd like the kids to have fun and represent Manorlu with good sportsmanship.
  • Coach... we are thrilled that member Tom Johnston has agreed to coach our Megaducks again this year! Thanks so much Coach Tom!
  • League Representative... Kristin Haas has agreed to help in this capacity. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

We wish our Manorlu hoopsters a fun and successful season!

Thank You to Our MegaFitness Challenge Sponsors!


Volvo Cars of Fort Washington

Edgemont Insurance - John Wisniewski


Bryers Funeral Home (Jeff and Peggy Thompson Family)

Gerhard's Appliances

The Run Around

Orange Theory Fitness - Willow Grove

Free Shop - Ambler

Merril Lynch - Greg and Beth Hayes

Regan and Rambo

The Run Around

Edgemont Insurance - John Wisniewski

Innovative Print & Media Group, Inc.

Love Salon


Bernard and Marianne Grace

Delligatti & Milewski Orthodontic Group

Personal Best

Tom Murt - PA State Representative

New Waves Salon

Paris Hair Salon

Lisa Keezer, Independent Arbonne Consultant

Manorlu Guest Fees

At Manorlu, we love that you want to share our beautiful pool with your friends and extended family, but please remember that you must pay a guest fee for each guest you bring, each time you bring them, whether they swim or not. You also must be present to have a guest at the pool and are responsible for reviewing "Pool Rules" with your guests. (Pool Rules are posted at the front desk.)

Guest fees are as follows:

  • Weekdays: Adults - $6.00, Children under 16 - $4.00
  • Weekends & Holidays - Adults - $8.00, Children under 16 - $6.00
  • After 6pm: Adults - $4.00, Children - $3.00

Thursday Night is Tube Night!

Thursday night is tube night at Manorlu. So bring your tubes, noodles and other floatation devices and join in the splash party! Our first tube night of the season is Thursday June 30th, beginning at 7pm and ending at 8:45pm.

Rules for the Deck

Before we can go over the rules for the “deck,” we should first make clear what the deck (or apron as it is referred to in the Rules on the website) actually is. The deck/apron is the concrete area surrounding the pool.

No Running, Wrestling or Ball Playing on the Deck

Because the deck is concrete and falling on it can hurt a lot – we have the no running, wrestling, or ball play rule. If someone is running on the deck, the lifeguard will whistle and provide a warning. Falling on the deck can result is mild to serious injury. We ask your help in following this rule.

No Eating, Drinking or Gum Chewing on the Deck or in the Water.

We kindly ask that any food purchased at Manorlu or brought in to pool grounds be consumed in the snack bar area or in the grassy area surrounding the pool. Food or crumbs left on the deck result in stains, bugs and a yucky, possibly slippery, mess for all the bare feet walking around the pool.

Thank you in advance for your help in keeping Manorlu safe and clean!

Manorlu Sports Equipment

Manorlu has sports equipment available to members at the front desk. To borrow the equipment, just leave one dollar with the life guard while you play and get your dollar back when you return the equipment. We have basketballs, jump ropes, kick balls, volleyballs, shuffle board gear and more. Enjoy playing on the beautiful Manorlu grounds without lugging your sports gear with you.

Baby Pool Etiquette

Three very important reminders with regard to the baby pool:

  1. Please remember that there is no lifeguard watching the baby pool. Parents/guardians must keep a very close eye on our precious little ones.
  2. We ask parents to help us enforce the age limit at the baby pool. The baby pool is for children five years old and under. For the safety of our littlest members, PLEASE keep true to the baby pool age limit.
  3. We know it's tempting, but PLEASE DO NOT rinse sandy toys in the baby pool. It not only makes a mess, but it's bad for our newly repaired filtration system.

Clean Bathrooms are Our Goal

It is always our intention to have the cleanest possible bathrooms available to our members. The lifeguards and managers check and clean the bathrooms several times a day; however, it is possible that a bathroom can get "icky" very quickly. Please help the guards and manager-on-duty by reporting any bathroom messes to the front desk. Thank you!

Are You an Experienced Social Media User?

If you are an experienced social media user... we could use your help! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... let us know if you can share your expertise. Please contact to let us know... although I'm sure there's a way you could efficiently reach us via social media, but yeah... we're still email people and that's why we're asking!

Mark Your Calendars for Manorlu Fun

Don't forget to add these fun activities to your calendar:

  • Thursday, June 16th - Open for Regular Season Hours (12pm - 8:45pm)
  • Thursday, June 23rd - Pool Closes Early for Home Swim Meet
  • Sunday, June 26th - Sunday Sundaes
  • Tuesday, June 28th - Pool Closes Early for Home Swim Meet
  • Thursday, June 30th - First Thursday Tube Night of the Summer
  • Saturday, July 9th - Adult Social
  • Sunday, July 17th - Mega-Distance Meet
  • Saturday, July 23rd - Trivia Night Featuring UD's Mr. Mac!
  • Sunday, July 24th - Sunday Sundaes
  • Sunday, August 28th - Sunday Sundaes
  • Sunday, September 4th - Labor Day Festivities!
  • Monday, September 5th - Final Day of 2016 Season

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Social Media and Manorlu

Manorlu is keeping up with the times! To get the latest and greatest information, visit us at, friend us on Facebook (Manorlu Club) and follow us on Twitter (@manorluswimclub.) But, in the event that you're not a social media fan, you can still get all the information you need from this newsletter or on the main club bulletin board across from the front desk.